If the Toyota comments annoy you, I can only imagine how you would feel if they insulted Jeeps.
Even Toyota officials admit that their quality went to Hell in a hand basket after 2000. Apparently Toyota fans won't even believe TOYOTA!!
In recent tests, several magazines have either not even included some Toyota products in comparison tests, or rated them dead last (such as the antiquated Corolla).
Now the recall total for Toyota has hit over 30 million. That is more cars than Ford has recalled since they built the Model T. And then they wonder why people criticize poor old Toyota...
After reading through pages upon pages of these comments/arguments, the only one which has jumped out at me as being absolutely valid, understandable, justified and fully believable was 12th Oct 2012, 08:49.
"You read over and over Toyota actual owners commenting that it's a bland, ordinary and boring car, but it runs good after the recalls. I am sorry, it has zero appeal for me to buy an item with boring as a feature."
That's it. When I'm going to spend my own money on a car, since unlike many people I'm enthusiastic about cars and see them as far more than just 'Point A to Point B' transportation, I want something that is reliable, durable, practical and doesn't spend day after day sitting in the workshop for recalls or repairs. However, I also want a car which is comfortable, entertaining to drive, well styled and, above all, not lacking in character.
So even the most diehard Toyota lovers see Toyota's as being bland, ordinary and boring cars. I appreciate reliability as much as all of them, but a car like this will never have any kind of appeal to me whatsoever. Perhaps that's why there are so many complaints about problems with these Toyota's now? Quality has obviously slipped a little, and perhaps blowing the issue out of proportion somewhat, because Toyota's in general have no other redeeming features, they are being branded as "crap", "garbage" and otherwise, because minor things have gone wrong with them.
If total reliability is the only reason to buy a Toyota, and after buying one you find anything less than that, I wouldn't blame you for hating your own car for that reason.
...but what would I know, I care far too much about cars to ever buy something with 'boring' as a feature.
The last commenter cannot see taking out a long term new car loan for a bland, boring vehicle, and then deal with the inordinate amount of recent recalls. Personally I wouldn't even waste the time to wash one.
I'd never buy a boring car either. I want cars that get noticed and turn heads.
If Jeep had as much massive negative publicity as Toyota has had in the past few years alone, I would scratch them off my list as well. A new Ford or GM mid size would be great.
For some reason, Toyota owners seem to be allergic to facts. It's really baffling.
I recently did a series of test drives of subcompact cars. My assessment pretty much agrees with the ratings I see in magazines and ratings. My top pick would be the Honda Fit if money was no object. I don't feel it is worth three grand more, however. Second would go to the Chevy Sonic, third to the Ford Fiesta, fourth the Hyundai Accent, and last would fall to the Nissan Versa. I did not test drive the Toyota Yaris, because the client I was helping find a car is afraid of Toyota because of all the recalls.
Did you have a noise from the timing chain? My 2007 RAV 4 V6 has a noise just after ignition (3-5 seconds) that we think is the timing chain tensioner not being fully engaged. Did you have a similar problem?